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ISSN: 2637-6636

Interventions in Pediatric Dentistry: Open Access Journal

Mini Review(ISSN: 2637-6636)

Dental Complications of Sucking Thumbs

Volume 1 - Issue 3

Mohammed Karimi*

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    • Internal Auditor & Documentations at Apple Dental Clinic, Iran

    *Corresponding author: Karimi, Internal Auditor & Documentations at Apple Dental Clinic, Iran, Email:

Received: April 04, 2018;   Published: April 19, 2018

DOI: 10.32474/IPDOAJ.2018.01.000111

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Putting a finger in the mouth and sucking it is the normal habit of all children that will not leave for many years. Sucking a thumb is a natural reaction in children that may be beneficial or harmful. Sucking a thumb or other fingers and sucking a pacifier or other objects gives a sense of safety or joy to the infants; and helps them to better understand the world around themselves. Behavioral and mood changes, reactions to family differences and lack of affection are the most important factors in sucking fingers in children. Significant complications such as speech impairment, irregularities in teeth, malocclusion, intra-oral ulcers, and wounds and scars on the thumbs can occur after long sucking of the fingers. With sucking, young children feel more relaxed and fall asleep. Most children leave this harmless habit before the age of two without any worries or interventions but the sucking habit in some children is so severe or repeated that it becomes a dental and social problem.

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